Festival of California Poets

The 3rd Annual Festival of California Poets

October 24th & 25th — Los Angeles

Distinguished contemporary California poets will introduce and read poems by canonical California poets, as well as their own poems. Co-sponsored by PEN Center USA, the Poetry Society of America, the Hammer Museum, Pasadena Public Library, the UCLA English Department, and Friends of the UCLA English Department. Admission is free.

The event will feature Laurel Ann Bogen presenting the work of Eloise Klein Healy, Ron Koertge presenting the work of Steve Kowit, and BH Fairchild reading Henri Coulette and Robert Mezey.

Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of 10 books of poetry and short fiction, most recently, Washing a Language (Red Hen Press).  She has received two awards from the Academy of American Poets, as well as the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing, 2008.

Ron Koertge is author of the poetry collections Dairy Cows, Life on the Edge of the Continent: Selected Poems, and Making Love to Roget’s Wife (University of Arkansas Press). He has also written a novel, The Boogeyman, as well several young adult novels, including Stoner & Spaz, Mariposa Blues, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, and Confess-O-Rama. He has been a faculty member at Pasadena City College for 37 years.

B.H. Fairchild is author of six poetry collections including The Arrival of the Future, The Art of the Lathe, most recently Usher, as well as Such Holy Song, a study of William Blake. The Art of the Lathe was a finalist for the National Book Award and received numerous awards including the 1996 Capricorn Award, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Williams Carlos Williams Award, the PEN West Poetry Award, the California Book Award, and others. The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently awarded him the Arthur Rense Poetry Prize for “consistent excellence over a long career.”

Saturday, October 24th, 3:00 PM

Pasadena Public Library
DRW Auditorium, Central Library
285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena

Sunday, October 25th, 7:00 PM

Hammer Museum
Gallery Six
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles